After some road racing action in Sonoma where we saw Martin Truex Jr tied his teammate Kyle Busch for the most wins on the season with 4.
Kyle Busch threatened at the end but it’s incredibly hard to get a pass on the last lap of a road race.
We took Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, and Truex Jr took home a 4 to 1 so I hope you finished up ahead of the decimal point.
This past Sunday also marked the end of an era, a very sad one at that, really.
Long-time driver and the voice of racing Darrell Waltrip has decided to hang up his earpiece and microphone. He retired from his duties as NASCAR’s most beloved broadcaster after the race and it was definitely a heartfelt one.
His lovely Southern draw, charm, and call line of “Boogity Boogity Boogity! Let’s go racing, boys!” will live on in the hearts and minds of Americans forever.
The booth will not be the same without him. I’m looking forward, though, to see the other guys in there pick up the slack.
The Monster Energy Cup Series speeds things up rather significantly this Sunday at the 1.5 mile Chicagoland Speedway.
There have been two teams this year that have absolutely dominated.
Team Penske’s Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have 5 wins between them and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr have 4 wins apiece with 3rd man Denny Hamlin racking up 2 so far.
They only run Chicago once a year and Kyle Busch took the checkered in 2018, his second win here and the first since 2008.
After separating himself from the entire field after the month of March, the Las Vegas-native has still been consistent but other drivers have caught up with the total wins and Joey Logano actually leads in the points standings now by 1.
Busch is (+325) this week, ugh.
That is going to scare everyone off and the sportsbooks will have done their job.
Not scaring us, though!
If life has taught me anything, though, it’s this:
“Scared money don’t make no money” Young Jeezy
BetOnline has the lines and odds.
Let’s get after it and secure another win.
Chase Elliott: +1000
I almost went with Keselowski in this spot. He and his teammate Joey Logano are each (+800).
Chase does not have much experience in the Windy City but he’s rocked it.
In 3 starts, he has 2 top five finishes and in his other appearance, he was wrecked.
7 active drivers have led more laps than him but every one of those guys has driven this race 10 or more times.
117 laps led in your first three starts at a track is pretty solid.
After 5 straight top fives, Elliott has faded a bit with a 20th place finish and 37th last week at the road track.
The young man likes to get out and run pretty hard, though, and I expect him to do just that this week and hopefully get his second victory of the season and the first in Chi-Town.
Denny Hamlin: +1800
If you read my 4 Sleepers That Could Win The NASCAR Championship article, you know I’m pretty high on my fellow Virginian Denny Hamlin this year.
Maybe he isn’t going to be top five or ten week-in-and-out but he delivers the shine on time when the blue lights are in the metaphorical mirror.
He has a win here and 7 top tens in just 13 starts.
Ham is running well in June. He was 5th last week and 11th and 6th in his two previous starts.
I like someone else to win a lot more this week but I also like 18-1 money.
Scared money don’t make…yea you know.
Kyle Busch: +325
NASCAR’s #1 driver in the past several years has 10 top-five finishes in only 16 races this year.
The legendary Jimmie Johnson is the only active driver who has led more laps in Chicago and Kyle has 2 checkered flag wins here in 14 starts.
2nd, 5th, 3rd, 3rd, and 1st.
These are Kyle’s results in his last five races run.
It’s pretty clear why he is the favorite each week and due to his low payout, myself and many others tend to stay away from him.
He needs to make a statement this week, though.
His new teammate has tied him in total wins this year and Joey Logano overtook him for the points lead.
I think it’s time for Kyle to go on a mid-season run of victories.
We are past the halfway point in the NASCAR regular season and the playoff picture is clearing up.
It looks like it’s going to come down to 4 drivers from 2 teams.
Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski from Team Penske and Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch from Joe Gibbs Racing have 13 of the 16 total Cup Series wins for the year.
Picking a winner outside of this short list is usually a mistake, obviously, but this week I’ll take Chase as my value pick because he has run so well here in just 3 starts.
I expect him to improve.
Denny Hamlin is a longshot but a 23 dollar bet can net you over 400 bucks.
I think Kyle Busch makes a point out of everyone this week, though, securing win number 5 of the season.